LUMBERTON — Two challengers for the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and the county’s incumbent district attorney filed Thursday to be candidates in the May 6 Democratic primary.
The filing period ends today at noon.
Michael “Mike” A. Lewis became the fifth candidate in the District 2 county commissioner race. The seat is currently held by Hubert Sealey, who filed for re-election on Feb. 10. Other candidates for the seat are former county Commissioner Berlester Campbell, Larry S. Graham and John Jackson.
Lewis, a county native and resident of Fairmont, teaches at the Robeson County Career Center.
“There are several reasons I want to be a county commissioner, the primary one being that we need to see that our children have a safe and nurturing place to get an education,” said Lewis, who is running for his first elected public office. “We also need to find a way to bring business and industry to Robeson County.”
Lewis, who has been a licensed building contractor, attended North Carolina State University. He currently is serving his second one-year term as president of the Trade and Industry Teachers of North Carolina. He is a charter member of the Orrum-Fairmont FFA Alumni Chapter.
Lewis is married to Claudia Lewis, a teacher assistant in the Public Schools of Robeson County. They have four children and two grandchildren.
Ray Cox, a lifelong resident of the Saddletree community, filed Thursday as a candidate for the District 6 seat on the county Board of Commissioners. The seat is currently held by David Edge, a Republican who so far has no challenger in the Republican primary.
Cox is facing Lloyd Meekins and Brenda Wilkins-Bullard in the Democratic primary.
“This is not my first time as a contender for this seat and I still strive for this position because I believe in Robeson County and I’m concerned about the future of Robeson County and the people,” Cox said in a statement. “… Since I am retired, I will have time to focus on the issues and improvements that can be made to all of our neighborhoods to make Robeson County an even better place to live and raise our children.”
Cox said he would support volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. He also said he will support schools and recreation programs for county children, and unify the community by using community centers to reach out to children and their families.
Cox, who retired as a self-employed home builder after 42 years, served on the Robeson County Industrial Board for four years, the Robeson County Planning and Zoning Board for 16 years, and the Robeson County Health Board for nine years. He also served on the Lumberton Rescue Squad for 25 years, 10 of those as commander.
Cox was a member of the Saddletree Volunteer Fire Department and Saddletree Jaycees; served on an advisory council at Piney Grove Elementary School; and attends Saddletree Church of God.
Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt filed for re-election to the position he has held since 1994.
Britt, a lifelong Lumberton resident, graduated in 1982 from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in Politics. He received his law degree from Campbell University School of Law in 1987 and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in September of that year.
Britt began his law career with the firm of Lee and Lee. In 1989 he became an assistant district attorney, a position he held until May 1993, when he became an assistant district attorney in the judicial district serving Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.
“Over the last 20 years it has been my goal to serve fairly and impartially and to pursue justice with the law and evidence of each case as my guides,” Britt said in a statement. “The responsibility placed on a prosecutor is awesome and differs from that of a lawyer who represents individual clients. As district attorney, I represent the state and do so with concern for victims and their families and the safety and security of our community.”
Since becoming district attorney, Britt has served as president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys and made presentations to prosecutorial groups in North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and New York.
He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton, where he has served as a deacon, elder and member of various church committees.
Britt is married to Fordham Britt. They have three children.